Map o’ The Week: NYTimes Tags

This week’s map is an interactive tool that comes from  The tool shows the relative number of instances people use particular tags.  These tags are associated with articles of various subjects that New York Times journalists are writing about, and are depicted in this interactive tool using brightly colored bubbles, clear lines, and a plain black background.

When you click the link, you are directed to a home screen where you can type in any subject.  Using the term “visualization,” the tool produces this image:

This tag has a solid 7 bubbles, indicating the tag’s use in seven distinct subjects.

Let’s try another term.  When typing in “nuclear”, we see that many readers and authors have tagged this topic:

Hovering over each colored bubble, you can see how many articles in other subjects used the nuclear tag, and how frequently the tag was used, depending on the thickness of the line connecting the colored bubblies.

With the recent Japanese tsunami, tags for “nuclear” abound in the New York Times. Look at how many authors wrote articles related to “nuclear,” and how many times for each.  The size and number of colored bubbles indicates the level of interest the topic had for readers, and the number of authors related to it speak to its perceived importance in our society.  It’s a pretty cool way to see what people are currently interested in.

One thought on “Map o’ The Week: NYTimes Tags”

  1. What I like about this visualization is that it takes a very 3D-like network and turns it into something 1-dimensional but still let’s me sense the other dimensions.

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